The Houston Astros and Oakland A’s play game 2 of their current 3 game series tonight in Oakland. To see some of the other MLB picks I’ve made thus far, go here.
Tonight’s chosen match-up: Houston Astros (42-58) @ Oakland A’s (61-38)
The Houston Astros enter tonight’s ballgame winners of 2 in a row and 6 of their last 10 games. The Astros have been victorious in 5 of their last 7 road games. The team has averaged 7 runs in their last 2 games. Their starting pitcher tonight is Brad Peacock. Peacock has a 3-6 record with a 4.39 era. In his last outing, a loss, on July 13th versus the Red Sox he was pulled after only recording 1 out. He’s posted a 1-2 record in his last 6 starts. With last night’s 3-2 defeat to the Astros the Oakland A’s have lost 4 of their last 7 games. Despite the 3-4 record the team has scored 4 or more runs in those 7 games. Their starting pitcher tonight is Jesse Chavez. Chavez enters this evening’s ballgame with a 7-6 win-loss record and a 3.14 era with 107 strikeouts. In his last start, versus the Mariners on July 12th, he was blasted for 10 hits and 3 earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. He has lasted 6 innings only once in his last 4 starts while allowing a total of 12 earned runs and 28 hits.
Oakland is 5-3 versus Houston this season. The Astros are 18-26 while the A’s are 22-17 versus their own division (AL West) this season.
Astros vs A’s Prediction
Despite having the best record in the majors the A’s only have a 2 game lead over the Angels in the AL West. With Chavez pitching the A’s most likely will need their bats to be energized tonight and I think they’ll get the job done.
Take the A’s -280 (Bovada.lv)